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The 15 October deadline has passed for militants to leave IDLIB, SYRIA, according to the RUSSIAN-TURKISH agreement aimed to protect 800,000 civilians from government attacks; rebels have vowed to keep fighting
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RUSSIAN Orthodox Church splits from Constantinople due to the Patriarchate’s recognition of UKRAINE’S Church as independent
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Boko Haram executes a second female aid worker, ICRC nurse HAWA LEMAN, after the passing of their deadline to the NIGERIAN government demanding the release of imprisoned group members
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GAMBIA launches a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate human rights abuses during the rule of former President YAHYA JAMNEH
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TURKISH prosecutors claim to have evidence that JAMAL KASHOGGI was killed in the SAUDI consulate in Istanbul; CNN has reported that the Saudi government is expected to admit to an interrogation gone wrong
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INDIAN minister MJ AKBAR is suing the journalist who accused him of sexual harassment: PRIYA RAMANI is one of 10 women to have accused the former editor, and could now face 2 years in jail for defamation
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MACEDONIAN Prime Minister ZORAN ZAEV pushes parliament to vote to change their country’s name to the Republic of Northern Macedonia (a referendum was marred by low turnout), in order to end a decades-long dispute with GREECE
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ANGOLA expels 180,000 CONGOLESE migrants, pushing many into precarious informal camps
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A senior GREEK official has ousted the government for abusing EU funding in its chaotic buying of migration-related services, in which profit is apparently prioritised to quality
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A QATARI human rights group is demanding that the SAUDI government release 4 Qatari citizens who disappeared in the kingdom last year; the government has denied knowledge of their whereabouts
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AUSTRALIA’S Senate has narrowly defeated a controversial bill which condemns ‘anti-white’ racism; critics have called the ‘It’s OK to be white’ bill, which has been popularised among far-right groups, a ‘headline-grabbing stunt’
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GERMANY releases a 9/11 accomplice who has served 15 years in prison, and are deporting him to MOROCCO, where his fate is unclear
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A BRITISH Durham student has been charged with spying in the UAE, and stands trial in Abu Dhabi
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Editors in BANGLADESH protest a ‘chilling’ Digital Security Act which they perceive as a state war on press freedom

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